Topic: Dealing with Addiction
Step 1. God's view of the situation
God views addiction as a form of bondage that can enslave people and hinder them from living fulfilling life (Romans 6:16).
Addiction is also seen as a form of idolatry, where people place their dependence and allegiance on substances or behaviors instead of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
Step 2. Offering Hope in light of Scripture
The Bible offers hope to those struggling with addiction by proclaiming that God has the power to break any chains of bondage (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, people can find freedom and healing from addictive behaviors (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Step 3. How to Change through Scripture
The change begins with acknowledging the problem and turning to God for help (Psalm 51:10-12).
Repentance and confession are necessary for healing and freedom (James 5:16).
The Bible also emphasizes the importance of renewing one's mind with the truth of God's word and developing new, healthy habits (Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8).
Step 4. How to stay changed through Scripture
Ongoing spiritual growth and discipleship are essential to staying on the path of freedom (Hebrews 10:24-25).
The Bible teaches that it's important to guard one's heart and mind against temptations and to surround oneself with supportive, accountable relationships (Proverbs 4:23; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
Finally, it's important to remember that our strength and ability to resist temptation comes from God, who promises never to leave or forsake us (Philippians 4:13; Hebrews 13:5).
Addiction is a severe issue that can devastate individuals and families. However, the good news is that there is hope and freedom available through faith in God and the power of His word. By taking these four steps, we can overcome addiction and live the fulfilling life God has intended for us.